the Portuguese vibe and the trading harbour were somehow familiar to us as we are European citizens and have visited Goa many times, but the lush greenery as soon as you leave Kochi, the exceptionally sharp-minded people, and the utter respect for Nature made what they call God's country a vibrant blend of British education, environment-friendly and respect for the wildlife : a spiritual experience!
We spent a couple of nights in cochin as wanted to get a taste of an Indian city whilst on route to kovalam wouldn't necessarily recommend spending more than a couple of days as there really is much to see Fort Cochin etc can be done in a day.
This city has inhibitted all levels of people. There is gulf money- investors in B establishments, Real estate; Middle class are in jobs; Below the poverty line people are striving hard to earn their daily bread.
Most of them are seen selling lottery tickets. In the sense, the people are hard working and hence there is a progress- I love my India!
A clean and quaint little group of hamlets with tiny streets and beautiful bungalows ans villas, lots to see and do, especially if you like heritage buildings and culture, locals are very helpful and friendly.
wonderful luscious country, with greneries that is far cry to that of it's neighbouring states. When planning for your trip, make sure to plan on covering as many locations as possible.
Suggested route would be to probably start with Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Allepey
The way from airport to Fort Kochi is a long way, it is smooth on the road at night but it is a traffic jam in day time, so you might like to try ferry in day time for travel or relax.
People there are very friendly.
having spent a week prior on the beach at varkala, we thought city life would make a nice change. cochin has to be one of the most boring places I have visited, I am afraid.
fort cochin in pretty, in a European way, but also very touristy. the mainland doesn't have much to offer either, unless you are after a western style shopping centre (which we didn't visit). there is NO nightlife, everything shuts at 10pm and if you want a beer, there are two places only in fort cochin that sell booze. some of the more expensive hotels have lovely restaurants that might have beer and wine, but you need to have dinner, there is no bar service only. we had booked four days and were bored stiff after two. there is also no beach in cochin to lie in the sun or swim. the closest is cherai, about an hour north of the city. it was pretty dirty in places and not necessarily the place for sunbathing, especially for women I would not recommend to wear swimwear only. a day or two in cochin will suffice, as there isn't much to see and if you agree on a 'sightseeing tour' with a rickshaw driver (100 rupees for two hours), beware as they are cons. they will take you from shop to shop where they are on commission. when we made clear that we don't want to see any more shops, the driver got pretty rude so we decided to pay him off and walked away... most drivers in fort cochin are unwilling to put on the meter, perhaps this is what we should have done and paid for waiting time...
I did not find anything attractive about this town apart that it is relatively much quieter and less polluted than the other towns I visited on the North.
It really does not deserve all the publicity that is out there. It is hot, humid and the mosquitoes quite abundant! There are some good restaurants in the town and a local theatre. That's about it!
Kochi was terribly boring. Nothing to see. The Portuguese architecture were the same kind I would find back in my hometown in Nagaipattinam, Tamil Nadu.
And that was the key attraction! Roads were terribly congested with jam all day long. There appears to be only one main road across the city so everyone gets stuck on it and those living near the airport has to spend half a day just to travel back and forth, only to find nothing much to see!!
This place can get unbearably hot and humid in summer, so plan your trip carefully. Don't go in June-July as the rains can make everything very messy.
Starting mid-August till February is the best time in my opinion. It helps if you read up about Kochi/Kerala before your visit. Make sure you eat at all the top-rated restaurants - Kerala food is top notch.
Make friends with the local and it will make your life easier. If you happen to be in Fort Kochi, the best way to explore the island is by cycling.
The roads are relatively less chaos compare to the main land.
Penduduk ramah dan senang membantu..Kebersihan kurang terjaga..wifi perlu ditingkatkan agar mudah untuk pelancong menghubungi dunia luar.
Fort Kochi was a great place to visit with lovely people. Lots of great restaurants and shops. I highly recommend a visit to Fort Kochi!
I love this place. Food is nice. We enjoyed the massage and the locals are very friendly. This is my second visit and I will go again.
It was my first visit to cochin. It was very enjoyable. I was on a business trip. The people are friendly, place is very beautiful.
traffic sense of peaple is very good , good shopping mall, LULU MALL IS EXCELLENT , OLD HISTORICAL PLACES ARE ALSO FINE, CLEAN CITY
We stayed there half a day. This is only sufficient if you want to see quickly the main sites. You can easily spend more time.
LULU mall is interesting for shopping. Lots of culture places to visit. OK beach. SPA is good. a lot of ayurvedic treatment.
for me was Cochin too touristik. I only went there to do the Backwaters Tour - which I couldn't because I got sick.
I think if I go back to India, I wan't go bACK TO cOCHIN - very less India: too much Europeans...
Kochi is a historic tourist destination as well as most modern city when we look at the infrastructure and people.
The beaches, shopping malls and the Jewish settlements are the best one can look forward to see.
The most beautiful Henna tattoos by a lovely girl called Thanuja- at Tribal Arts, Bastion Street, Fort Cochin.
We had only an overnight stay, but the shopping area we saw was large and with a variety of well-priced goods.
Cochin is surprisingly very pleasant. Most people understand and speak English. travelling around is cheap.
If one likes Indian food, the city offers many good restaurants, mainly located in hotels. places to visit are Cochin island, a day or a stay on a houseboat and a visit to Munnar to see the countryside and the vast tea plantations there.
Food quality is very high (especially sea foods). We enjoyed restaurants in Fort Kochi area and houseboat.
Interesting city. places of interest worth a visit, Chinese fishing nets and markets especially at sunset.
Jew town and markets. fort area and churches. Backwater if not going to Allepey. shopping at Lu lu plaza if you enjoy shopping high end. Trip on the car ferry from fort area.
A beautifull place with well preserved heritage and the freshest seafood dishes at very affordable price.
Very good shopping areas along Mg road
Not too many things to do. I will prefer to head straight for Munnar, instead of spending a say in kochi
I really like Fort kochi. It has charm and history and is stil very much like an undiscovered spot.
Hatdly any new development which keeps it sleepy and al,ost European. Highly recommended for 2-4 nights. Lots to do in the area also